Posted by: mattcolvin | January 29, 2014

Collected Works of David Daube vol. 5

January 2014 marks the publication of the fifth volume of David Daube’s collected works. The title of vol. 5 is Roman Law, which holds much less interest for me as a student of Scripture. Unlike the volumes on Talmudic Law (1) and Ethics (4), this one does not appear to contain any articles that seem likely to include any exegesis of the Bible. Nonetheless, I will probably buy it, if only for the sake of completeness. I have always enjoyed Daube’s style and wit, and it is a pleasure to watch him solve puzzles even when there is no payoff for understanding the Bible. He is one of the great minds of the 20th century.

You can survey the table of contents here.



  1. Daube’s stuff is prohibitively expensive or unavailable almost everywhere I look. Where could one pick up the rest of the collected works (ideally at a reasonable price)?

    • Cheapest prices are directly from the Robbins Collection. Yes, they are expensive. I used the order form via snail mail on this site:

      Being in the UK, it will be even more expensive for you.

      • A bit beyond my budget at the moment, unfortunately.

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